Hasbro creates robotic ”˜Companion Pets’ for seniors

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Owning a pet can have many health benefits, but for seniors, the responsibilities of taking care of a pet may be too great.

Toy company Hasbro thinks it has the answer: Lifelike, robotic pets!

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The company’s line of “Joy for All Companion Pets” offers robotic cats in three colors. According to the website, the robotic cats respond to petting, hugging and motion. They even purr like real cats! Owners can pet the robotic cat to elicit a variety of different lifelike responses. (Real cat owners will be happy to note that the realistic responses do not include scratching, biting or hissing.)

Hasbro said in a website statement: “Hasbro has a long tradition of providing the world’s best play experiences to children. We believe that play and joy should happen at all stages of life.”

The product is designed to offer comfort and companionship for all ages, but may especially be useful for seniors who live alone. According to research, as many as 43% of older adults experience social isolation, which is correlated with loneliness and depression, and can lead to several increased health risks.

Companion Pets are priced at $99 and include free shipping.

For more details, visit Hasbro’s Joy for All.

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For more advice to help the seniors in your life, see our Life section.

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